I dedicate this reblog that I snagged at the great Geeez Blog to my friend, Brian, a retired cop.
Police Harassment….I LOVE THIS!
This absolutely cracked me up. Thanks, Impertinent, for emailing it to me!
| Police Harassment, Chula Vista, California styleRecently, the Chula Vista, California Police Department ran an e-mail
forum with the local community (a question and answer exchange) with
the topic being, “Community Policing.” One of the civilian e-mail
participants posed the following question:”I would like to know how it is possible for police officers to
continually harass people and get away with it?”From the “other side” (the law enforcement side) Sgt. Bennett,
obviously a cop with a sense of humor replied:
“First of all, let me tell you this…it’s not easy. In Chula Vista,
Only about 60% of those cops are on general duty (or what you might
At any given moment, only one-fifth of the 60% patrollers are on duty
So roughly, one cop is responsible for harassing about 5,000 residents.
When you toss in the commercial business, and tourist locations that
Now, your average ten-hour shift runs 36,000 seconds long. This gives
This is not an easy task. To be honest, most cops are not up to this
The tools available to us are as follow:
PHONE: People will call us up and point out things that cause us to
“My neighbor is beating his wife” is a code phrase used often. This
Another popular one: “There’s a guy breaking into a house.” The
CARS: We have special cops assigned to harass people who drive. They
It’s lots of fun when you pick them out of traffic for nothing more
Sometimes you get to really heap the harassment on when you find they
RUNNERS: Some people take off running just at the sight of a police
STATUTES: When we don’t have PHONES or CARS and have nothing better
After you read the statute, you can just drive around for awhile until
Just last week I saw a guy trying to steal a car. Well, there’s this
We seem to have a never-ending supply of folks to harass. And we get
Next time you are in my town, give me the old “single finger wave.”
Hopefully sir, this has clarified to you a little bit better how we
5 thoughts on “Police Harassment Explained By A Cop”
So when does Obama’s best bud Sharpton organize a march for the assassin of the two NYC police officers; the true victim in this tragedy, a victim of a crappy childhood.? When does Holder chopper in to investigate why were these two racist cops, one Latin, one oriental, eating lunch in their car when people in the hood are starving as a result of using their SS benefits and food stamps to feed their various addictions they have been forced into by the anti-black racists of every other race. So much for satire and sarcasm; may the relatives and friends of these two assassinatrd men find peace.
Sometimes, in some districts, there are clashes of culture between the police and residents, and we do see that here and there. We’re a big, and demographically varied and complex, country, and the vast majority of the police departments are small, localized entities, each with their own local flavor. But that aside, most often what people call “police harassment” is simply the police doing their jobs as they are assigned – by law. It’s like blaming the IRS for taxes, or blaming the military for going to war. Sometimes those institutions can cause problems in those spheres too, but for the most part blaming them for what they are doing is misdirected and inappropriate at best, kind of stupid and hateful at worst.
Remember this, though – you cons talk a lot about government power, and in particular, coercion? Well, the police are that coercive force, on the ground, in real life. Otherwise ordinary citizens with guns and badges, representing the locality, the state, and the federal government, and with the full force of those estates behind him. It can and often does go to their heads. You cons, of all people, should recognize that.
I had seen this once years ago. It is pretty funny as well as accurate. JMJ actually made an excellent point- proving once again- people will surprise you. Thanks Jim.
Says it all now doesn’t it. Good one.
Way cool to have an officer be so honest! I dated an officer who acquired the God complex quite quickly after he became an officer. It was hell…obviously we are no longer together!